Electric device likely started deadly Calif. fire

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 6:33 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An electrical failure in a personal electronic device is likely to have started a fire that killed two women and injured five others in a California home for disabled adults.

Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Steve Concialdi said Wednesday that the device was in a resident's room. He declined to say what type of device it was.

The early morning blaze killed two women who lived at Mary's Home in Santa Ana.

Five others were injured, including a firefighter and the 71-year-old caretaker.

The group home was licensed for six people but had five residents living there.

The fire caused $375,000 in damage to the home and its contents.

The names of the dead and injured have not yet been released.

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